Commissioners to hold hearing on comprehensive plan

Comments will be taken on seven amendments to the plan.

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WALLA WALLA — Proposed amendments to the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan will be the subject of a public hearing Monday.

County commissioners will take comments on the seven proposed amendments at their Monday meeting in the Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St. The hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. during time for the Community Development Department. No action on the amendments is scheduled.

The proposed amendments are:

From Scott Byerley to remove the Unique Lands Use designation from about 100 acres located south of Langdon Road and South Third Avenue. According to the application, crops once raised there, grapes and onions, which were responsible for the designation have been removed and are unlikely to be reintroduced due to factors that make land unsuitable for cultivating those commodities.

From Isaias and Sonia Muro to change land designation of 15 acres located at 2041 Wallula Avenue from Agricultural Residential-10 acre minimum lot size to Rural Residential-5 acre minimum lot size. Change requested to give owners greater opportunity to develop land due to loss of water rights in 1994 which make property unsuitable for agriculture.

From the Port of Walla Walla to amend the text and policy language for the Burbank Sub-area plan pertaining to the mixed-use industrial and business park. Amendments are proposed to ease county restrictions on location and development of certain commercial uses.

From the city of Walla Walla for amendments to change Chapter 12 from "Burbank Sub-area" to "Sub-area Plans" to allow inclusion of new sub-area plans for the Myra Road area, Eastgate and other locations.

From the city of Walla Walla to amend a policy in the plan’s chapter five to require development in the city’s Urban Growth Area to be built to city of Walla Walla standards.

From the county Community Development Department to remove several policies pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan’s chapter six on rural and resource Lands.

From the city of College Place and the county Community Development Department to make a technical correction to the College Place Urban Growth Area boundary map involving an area covering about a half-acre located east of Suncrest Terrace and Grandview Avenue.

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